This Summer Higher Learning Hoops donated over 30 hours of service to The Giving Closet Project. A Duval County School Teacher, Jennifer Smith, has formed a great way to turn lost and found piles into hope for students in need.  The Giving Closet Project is a nonprofit designed to give families recourses like hygiene kits, uniforms, jackets, shirts, shoes, book bags, & books which will allow students to attend school more focus. Located on the Southside of Jacksonville The Giving Closet Project grand opening will be August 6.

Higher Learning Hoops through our Higher Learning Helps initiative is partnering with The Giving Closet Project to help those in need in our community. We will be helping collect items to donate to the giving closet. Please help us spread love in our community by making a donation. Below is a list of Items needed for donations.  The Giving Closet Project plans to prepare hygiene kits, care kits and success sacks for kids. This will serve as positive reinforcement and encourage student to keep doing their best.  If you do not wish to donate items on this list, please make a monetary donation by visiting the .

Donations dropped off to 1873 Everlee Rd in Jacksonville from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. or any Higher Learning Hoops event.

Items needed:

-school supplies (pencils, paper, pens, crayons, composition books)

– shampoo, conditioner

-toothpaste, toothbrush

-Hair comb/brush



-clothing for children K-12

-book bags


-shoes up to size 12